Pigs on the loose at Durham clinic leads to charges for veterinarian, employees

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A Durham veterinarian already charged with fraud, is in more trouble after being accused of setting pigs free in the parking lot of her animal clinic. (WTVD)

A Durham veterinarian already charged with fraud, is in more trouble after being accused of setting pigs free in the parking lot of her animal clinic.



The Durham County Sheriff's Office has charged Paula Bullock and two of her employees at Affordable Animal Care on North Pointe Drive, with three counts each of misdemeanor abandonment of an animal as well as allowing livestock to run at large.

The incident happened in September.

The pigs' owner, Jamie Wrenn, of Durham, said he paid up front to have all three of his pigs spayed at the clinic, but soon after dropping them off, he got a call from the staff saying instead of $250 for each pig, it would cost him a total of about $900 per pig.

Daisee Trejo, a vet tech who is now fighting the charges against her, said when Wrenn refused to pay the new balance, the clinic held onto the pigs for two days waiting for Wrenn to claim them.

When Wrenn showed up, he said he refused to take his animals with him because the clinic didn't provide a crate or sedate the biggest pig for transport, even though he said the owner agreed to those terms.

Wrenn said the staff were already bringing the pigs outside, but he never touched the leashes. Instead, he said he got in his truck and left.

That's when Trejo said the pigs started running through the parking lot, one of them running into traffic.

Trejo said it wasn't until after the clinic closed for business at 6 p.m., that deputies came to recover the animals.

Wrenn said he's now found someone to adopt the two baby pigs, and he'll soon get the mom pig back in his custody.

Bullock did not return our request for comment.

In May, Durham police charged Bullock with fraud and identity theft after officers said she used a customer's credit card to rack up thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

Police said she also used another veterinarian's identity to obtain thousands of dollars worth of veterinarian supplies and medications.

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